In a touching tribute, Belfast-based DJ, producer, and conductor David Holmes has disclosed that he was working closely with the iconic Sinéad O’Connor on a new album just before her passing.
Sinéad O’Connor, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat in 2021 after converting to Islam but continued to make music under her birth name, passed away on July 26 at the age of 56. Her departure has prompted an outpouring of tributes from musicians, artists, and public figures, including David Holmes, who shared the news of their collaboration on Instagram.
Describing O’Connor as “a giant in popular music,” Holmes praised her fearlessness, honesty, and distinctive voice. He recounted how they first met at the 60th birthday celebration of The Pogues frontman, Shane McGowan, where O’Connor stole the show.
After the event, Holmes approached O’Connor with the idea of making an album centered around healing. To his surprise, she showed genuine interest and even gave him her number without knowing much about him. This encounter marked the beginning of their creative journey together.
According to Holmes, O’Connor had already completed around eight tracks for the album, with only one left to record at the time of her passing. He described each song as powerful and recalled how every moment spent recording with her felt surreal, like being in the presence of music legends such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, or Karen Dalton.
While deeply saddened by her passing, Holmes expressed gratitude for having had the opportunity to become her friend and collaborator. His thoughts are now with O’Connor’s family and inner circle.
The world will forever remember Sinéad O’Connor as not only a musical icon but also a fearless and honest human being, leaving behind a profound legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.
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